This temple is said to have been built by Prince Shotoku for his mother, Empress Anahobe no Hashihito. The mysterious smile of the temple's statue of a bodhisattva in the half-lotus position is esteemed as one of the world's three great smiles.
The Old Site of Chuguji Temple
Historical landmark Chugu-ji Temple Ruins
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